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Tomfoolery – The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer

When:

Wed 18 Jul 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $38.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Group 10+: $32.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: loadedproductions

Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray.

Musical arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher.

Tomfoolery, the words and music of acclaimed American musician, singer-songwriter satirist and Harvard mathematician Tom Lehrer, returns to Adelaide for a limited five performance season. The show is being reprised for a 10th Anniversary tribute to the late Michael Fuller, director and choreographer of the sell-out 2008 Adelaide Fringe season of Tomfoolery at La Boheme.

Directed by Nicholas Cannon and starring Catherine Campbell, Hew Parham and Sean Weatherly with chamber pianist Mark Sandon, the show features performances of 23 of Lehrer’s most famous songs including: Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, Pollution, I Got it From Agnes, National Brotherhood Week, The Masochism Tango, The Old Dope Peddler, The Vatican Rag and We Will All Go Together When We Go. Also included will be the five songs which the deeply conservative Playford and McEwin Liberal Government controversially banned from performance by Lehrer here in Adelaide in 1960.

The banned songs: Be Prepared, My Home Town, When You are Old and Grey, The Irish Ballad and I Hold Your Hand In Mine were all considered to be too naughty and controversial for the genteel sensibilities of Adelaide audiences.

The Advertiser reported that Sir Lyell McEwin called Lehrer ‘Ghoul singer’ whilst years later Lehrer told The Advertiser the ban was ‘the high point of my career’.

Producer Sean Weatherly ponders if Adelaide is ready to hear the five songs the Government banned from being performed in 1960, ‘Perhaps the show will provide a test for Steven Marshall’s ‘tough on crime’ policies, when we will deliberately defy that proclamation banning the five songs. When you listen to the songs today, almost 60 year later, it’s very hard to tell why they were banned at all, but they are still clever pieces’.

Phone Bookings on (08) 8375 6855 or online via Loaded Productions website.